Harmful postures and musculoskeletal symptoms among fish trimmers of a fish processing factory in Ghana: a preliminary investigation
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, Vol. 11, no 2, 181-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigated musculoskeletal symptoms among fish trimmers (skinners and polishers) in a fish processing factory in Ghana. The methods used included administration of questionnaire, walk through observation, interview, task analysis and future workshop. All 50 female participants answered and submitted their questionnaires. Of the 11 operations performed by skinners only 1 was rated as low risk. Also of the 12 operations performed by polishers only 2 were rated as low risk. Neck side bending, neck flexion, prolonged standing, shoulder elevation, abducted arms, repetitious reaching forward and wrist deviation were observed in most operations. This corresponds with questionnaire results in which musculoskeletal symptoms were mostly prevalent in the neck, the shoulder, the low back, the wrist/hand and the knee regions. There was no significant correlation (p < .05) between musculoskeletal symptoms and age, working hours and length of service. Task redesign, workplace changes and worker training were suggested to improve the work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 11, no 2, 181-190 p.
Research subject Industrial Work Environment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9711Local ID: 8610ff10-46a2-11dd-a00e-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-9711DiVA: diva2:982649
Validerad; 2005; 20080630 (andbra)2016-09-292016-09-29Bibliographically approved